My Favourite Colour – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

There were endless possibilities of cake creations that could turn up for our event on 3 February.  If yellow was top of your list, then maybe a lemon cake of some sort.  If blue, maybe lavender or blueberry something or other?  Creativity with icing was also an...

Afternoon tea Sunday 19 January 2014

A repeat private booking that was arranged what seemed to be months ago, was suddenly here.  Some challenges were prevalent in pulling this menu together with some particular dietary requirements requiring careful consideration to ensure a balance for everyone.  Once...

Afternoon tea Sunday 5 January 2014

No sooner than New Year’s Day dawned, it was time to think about the first afternoon tea of 2014; a private party arranged by a returning guest.  Decisions on the menu were strongly influenced by what ingredients I already had to hand, left over from the recent...

Santa’s Grotto – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

With the festive season upon us, nothing less than a seasonal theme would do for the Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club’s December event.  You would be forgiven to think that we might have been in danger of ending up with all Christmas cakes.  Not so!...

Seasonal Christmas lunch menu Saturday 14 December 2013

This menu was sure to be a fitting way to welcome the festive season in.  A complimentary aperitif with canapés got things off to a warming start.  The canapés, inspired by my ‘Chef for a Day’ experience at The Box Tree in Ilkley, included beetroot macaroons filled...

Christmas Afternoon Tea 7 December 2013

It’s an old cliché but Christmas seems to come round faster and faster each year.  It’s knocking on the door yet again and there is no better to get the festivities underway than with another Christmas themed afternoon tea.  Savouries will include the return of walnut...

Let’s Go Retro – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

As always, I had much excitement and anticipation for this month’s cake club event.  Our member bakers never cease to impress with their creativity and lateral thinking when it comes to baking cake and I was in no doubt that this month’s theme, Let’s...

Gluten free afternoon tea 10 November 2013

I usually publish my menu before an event but this time round it was all about surprises and I was sworn to secrecy!  A gluten free afternoon tea had been booked for a Mum’s birthday present and the whole event had been a very well-kept secret because when the party...

Herbs, seeds & spices – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

With autumn knocking on our doors and the summer all but gone, this month’s theme had a seasonal edge to it.  Spices would be welcome to bring warmth against the now much cooler nights; seeds & herbs reflections on the recent harvest. Our wonderful hosts for the...

Animal, vegetable or mineral? – Saltaire Clandestine Cake Club

Who remembers the 1950s TV game show ‘Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?’ (very much before my time I hasten to add!)?  The idea being that expert archeologists, art historians, or natural history experts, were expected to identify interesting objects or...